Fugro’s Geo-data drives smart road maintenance strategies in South Carolina

Fugro ARAN is mobilized to South Carolina, starting in Columbia, to collect road data for South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT)

Published

06 Sep 2023

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Austin, Texas, USA

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has awarded Fugro a 5-year contract to conduct pavement data collection and condition assessment services.

This award marks the second consecutive time SCDOT has selected Fugro for this work—a significant show of confidence that aligns with the agency’s efforts to improve the safety and reliability of their extensive road network.

As with the previous contract, Fugro will employ their advanced ARAN® survey vehicles to collect highly accurate Geo‑data across 24,000 miles of state roads annually. That’s a little more than half of South Carolina’s state-maintained road system. Fugro ARAN® vehicles operate at highway speeds and are equipped with high‑resolution cameras and other advanced sensors to measure attributes like roughness, cracking and faulting. Once analysed and ingested into the state’s pavement management system, this information is used to refine existing deterioration models so that engineers can fix the right road at the right time. The result is a more efficient pavement preservation programme that extends the roadway network in the most economical way possible.

"We understand the critical role our Geo-data and analysis can play in ensuring safe and efficient road networks," remarked Denis Charland, Fugro’s Regional Service Line Director for roads in the Americas. "Since 2018, we’ve collaborated closely with SCDOT to tailor our methodologies and customise our tools to meet agency-specific goals for accuracy and timeliness. This customer-focused approach has provided a remarkable success, and it’s exactly the type of value we are committed to delivering over the next 5 years to fulfil SCDOT's evolving requirements."

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